Meet Our Language Tutors

Language Tutors are here to support all modern and ancient languages offered at Bates, including Latin, Ancient Greek, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, German, and French. They can help with vocabulary, grammar, and translation questions. Language tutors will introduce themselves in classes at the beginning of each semester but may also be able to help support classes at all levels. They can be particularly helpful in organizing notes or practicing speaking or studying before a presentation, quiz or exam. All of our language tutors are multilingual!

To see when language support is offered in the WLC by these tutors, search Penji by the language (i.e. “Spanish Language Support,” “Japanese Language Support,” etc.).

Please read below to meet our current Language Tutors.

Chinese Language Tutors

Tamaki Hashiramoto’24 (She/her)

Hi! My name is Tamaki Hashiramoto and I’m a junior from Japan majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chinese. I love playing sports, cooking/baking, and most importantly napping!

I can tutor you in Chinese Language Support.

Major(s): Psychology

Minor(s): Chinese

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Chinese, Japanese

Lendro Hu’24 (She/her)

Hi, I’m Lendro. I’m a junior majoring in East Asian Studies and minoring in Religious Studies. I love traveling, reading, watching movies, and playing video games very much. I am good at discovering and loving the beauty of life! Nice to meet you all!

I can tutor you in Chinese Language Support.

Major(s): Asian Studies

Minor(s): Religious Studies

Language(s) I can converse in:

French Language Tutors

Elvira Keira Ishimwe’25 (She/her)

Hello! I am Elvira from Burundi. I am a sophomore and plan on majoring in Mathematics and/or Physics and perhaps minoring in French and Francophone Studies. In my spare time, I enjoy reading fiction books and listening to music. I look forward to working with anyone seeking assistance with French learning.

I can tutor you in French Language Support.

Major(s): Undeclared

Minor(s): Undeclared

Language(s) I can converse in: English, French

Fiona Cohen’23 (She/her)

Hi! I am a senior who is studying French and History. I am involved in The Bates Student, FAB, and the WLC on campus. When I am not at Bates, I really enjoy riding my motorcycle and being an equestrian.

I can tutor you in FYS 318 – Through the Eyes of Children and French Language.

Major(s): History; French & Francophone Studies

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English, French

Martha Coleman’23 (She/her)

Hello all! My name is Martha, my favorite form of caffeine is dark chocolate (70%+ or bust), and I would love to parler en français avec vous if you speak or study French. A quick writing and language fun fact about me: I am an absolute nerd about French grammar, but still struggle to use commas “correctly” in any language. This is my second year as a writing tutor, and I can’t wait to see some of you in the WLC!

I can tutor you in Africana, American Studies, Education Studies, English, French Francophone Studies, French Language, Gender Sexuality Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, Religion Studies, and Presentation Speaking.

Major(s): American Studies; French & Francophone Studies

Minor(s): Educational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, French

German Language Tutor

Shelby Armor’24 (She/her)

Hi, my name is Shelby! I’m a German peer tutor for the Writing and Language Center from Palm Springs, California. I’m an Economics major with double minors in German and Digital and Computational Studies. I really enjoy basketball, playing the guitar, and watching films!

I can tutor you in German Language, Economics, and Digital & Computational Studies.

Major(s): Economics

Minor(s): German

Language(s) I can converse in: English, German

Isaac Williams’23

Hello (Hallo 😃) I’m a German peer tutor for the Writing and Language Center from Reno, NV. I’m an Environmental Studies major and a German minor. I love riding my bike, listening to albums, and long walks. Kommen Sie mit Ihren Deutschfragen!

I can tutor you in German Language.

Major(s): Environmental Studies

Minor(s): German

Language(s) I can converse in: English, German

Latin Language Tutor

Mary Trafton’23 (She/her)

Hi everyone! I am a senior Classical and Medieval Studies major from New Hampshire and I can’t wait to meet you all! My favorite part of campus is the tree outside the library that turns yellow in the fall and my favorite flavor of ice cream is s’mores. I can’t wait to get started, and please reach out with any questions or just to say hi!

I can tutor you in FYS 191 – Love and Friendship Classical World, Africana, American Studies, Anthropology, Art Visual Culture, Asian Studies, Classical Medieval Studies, Educational Studies, English, European Studies, Gender Sexuality Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, Latin Language, Latin American Latinx Studies, Religious Studies, Rhetoric Film Screen Studies, and Presentation Speaking Support.

Major(s): Classical & Medieval Studies

Minor(s): History

Language(s) I can converse in:

Japanese Language Tutors

Jared Miranda-Ogaz’23 (He/him)

I can tutor you in Japanese Language Support.

Major(s): Economics

Minor(s): Japanese

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Japanese, Spanish

Kyra Wang’24

Hi. I’m Kyra! I like music, especially jazz; I’m really good at binge watching movies and shows; I rarely play games but I watch tons of videos or shows about games like Arcane, Cyberpunk, or The Last of Us. I really love traveling and experiencing different cultures.

I can tutor you in Japanese Language Support.

Major(s): Biology

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Chinese, Japanese

Spanish Language Tutors

Eleanor Lynch’25 (She/her)

I am a sophomore Neuroscience major and Hispanic Studies minor from Westchester, NY. I am also pre-med and planning to go abroad next year for a semester in a Spanish-speaking country. This will be my first year working in the WLC and I’m super excited to meet you all!

I can tutor you in Spanish Language.

Major(s): Neuroscience

Minor(s): Hispanic Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Latin, Spanish

Esme Alfaro’24 (She/her)

Hello! My name is Esme and I’m majoring in Classical Medieval Studies, minoring in History, and as a native Spanish speaker, I am here to support any of your writing needs across any of those disciplines. I am working as a Student Manager this year. I look forward to seeing you in the center!

I can tutor you in Classical Medieval Studies, History, and Spanish Language.

Major(s): Classical & Medieval Studies

Minor(s): History

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Ivy Epstein’23 (She/her)

Hi! I’m a senior from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and I’m studying Politics and Hispanic Studies. I have previously worked in ARC as a Spanish tutor so I’m happy to converse in Spanish as well. In my free time, I enjoy running, doing yoga, reading and writing. Looking forward to working with you!

I can tutor you in FYS 546 – Why War? and Spanish Language.

Major(s): Politics

Minor(s): Hispanic Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Andy Martagon’24

I’m a junior from Mexico, I am on the squash team and this is my first year tutoring. Hope you are having a great time so far here at Bates!!

I can tutor you in FYS 533 – Paperfolding in Art and Math and Spanish Language.

Major(s): Math

Minor(s): French & Francophone Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Emme Pike’23 (She/her)

Hey! I’m a senior on the women’s swim team and also a member of the Crosstones a capella group! I studied abroad in Spain my junior year and am super excited to be back in the writing center. My preferred source of caffeine is anything from Dunkin, and my favorite writing technique is using tricholan.

I can tutor you in FYS 404 – On the Road to Spain and Spanish Language.

Major(s): Hispanic Studies; Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Aru Poleo Vargas’24 (She/her)

Hi! I’m Aru, a junior from Venezuela doing Philosophy, Politics, and DCS. Apart from being a Writing Fellow at the WLC, I’m also a SPARQ queer mentor at the OIE. I love video games, spicy food, and political theory!

I can tutor you in Digital Computational Studies, Gender Sexuality Studies, Latin American Latinx Studies, Philosophy, Politics, and Spanish Language.

Major(s): Philosophy; Politics

Minor(s): Digital & Computational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish